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North Kelsey


  • The Cemetery was established in 1889 under the control of the parish council's Burial Board.
  • The Cemetery covers just over one acre and has a mortuary chapel.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Cemetery Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.


  • The parish was in the Caistor sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Census Resource page for county-wide resources.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 638
1851 H.O. 107 / 2114
1861 R.G. 9 / 2393
1871 R.G. 10 / 3421
1881 R.G. 11 / 3280
1891 R.G. 12 / 2622
1901 R.G. 13 / 3098


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the North Kelsey area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas.
  • The church dedication was changed to All Hallows in the late Victorian era.
  • The church tower dates from the 13th century.
  • The church, with the exception of the tower, was thoroghly restored in 1869.
  • The church tower was dmaged by a tornado-like windstorm in 1930.
  • The church seats 300.
  • A Mission church was erected on the Moor in 1873. It can seat 60.
  • A photograph of St. Nicholas church is at the Wendy PARKINSON English Church Photographs site.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of the church chancel on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2009.
  • Here is a photo of All Hallows Church, taken by Ron COLE (who retains the copyright):

St. Nicholas Church

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1612.
  • The Anglican parish register is reported to be in very bad condition up to 1711 and seems to be missing the period 1686-1711.
  • We have the beginning of a Parish Register Extract in text form for your use. Your additions are welcome.
  • The Lincolnshire FHS has published several marriage indexes and a burial index for the Yarborough Deanery to make your search easier.
  • There was a Wesleyan Methodist chapel built in 1848 and rebuilt in 1898. The Primitive methodists built a chapel in 1882. For more on researching these chapel records, see our non-conformist religions page.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006. It is mis-identified as South Kelsey.
  • Check our Church Records page for county-wide resources.

Civil Registration

  • The parish was in the Caistor sub-district of the Caistor Registration District.
  • Check our Civil Registration page for sources and background on Civil Registration which began in July, 1837.

Description and Travel

This village and parish sit on a branch of the River Ancholme called the North Kelsey Beck. The village lies 160 miles north of London, about 5 miles west of Caistor and 6 miles southeast of Brigg. The parish covers 6,227 acres.

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which North Kelsey has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • In 1842, there were only two pubs listed in the parish.
  • David WRIGHT has a photograph of the Royal Oak Public House on the High Street on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2006.
  • The Royal Oak Public House is a popular conversation spot. The inn is still functioning and has its own Facebook page. At last report, the Inn was for sale.
  • These are the names associated with the Royal Oak in various directories:
Year  Person
1842 John ELLERBY, butcher & vict.
1868 Charles KENNINGTON, wheelwright
1872 -- not listed --
1882 James MARSHALL, vict.
1900 Charles Henry WOOD
1913 Thomas Wilkinson CAPES
1930 Tom FOX


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TA044015 (Lat/Lon: 53.499834, -0.427548), North Kelsey which are provided by:

Military History

  • In the cemetery, near the mortuary chapel, is an obelisk in memory of the men of the village who died in World War I.
  • John FIRTH has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Military Records

For a photograph of the North Kelsey War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.

There is one Commonwealth War Grave in North Kelsey Cemetery from World War II:

  1. Cyril BARRICK, aircftman 1st, RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 18, died 28 May 1940. Son of George William and Frances BARRICK.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Lincolnshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish was in the south division of the ancient Yarborough Wapentake in the West Lindsey district in the parts of Lindsey.
  • On 24 March, 1887, this parish was enlarged by gaining Twelve Month Hill and part of Round Farm from Searby cum Ownby Civil Parish.
  • Kelly's 1900 Directory of Lincolnshire places the parish, perhaps erroneously, in the North Lindsey district of the county.
  • Today's district governance is provided by the West Lindsey District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Caistor petty session hearings.
  • After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Caistor Poor Law Union.
  • There are no Poorlaw records on file at the Lincs Archives for this parish.


Year  Inhabitants
1801 489
1831 648
1871 923
1881 844
1891 824
1901 802
1911 819
1921 822


  • A Council School was built here in 1896 to hold up to 180 children.
  • For more on researching school records, see our Schools Research page.